Shipping container industry in SA hit hard by fraud
Shipping container fraud has been prevalent globally for the last couple of years and millions are lost to these criminal syndicates annually. The South African industry has also become a target and it is estimated that approximately R250,000 to R300,000 per day are lost to these scams in SA alone – lost revenue which could have created employment opportunities and improved the local economy.
Scammers often have fraudulent documentation in their possession, ranging from CIPC verification, bank letters, VAT registrations, BBBEE certificates and more.
So what can you do to empower yourself as to not become a victim as well?
Kashief Schroeder, Co-founder and director of Container Intermodal Trading (CIT), provides some useful tips:
Kobus Lombard of Container Fraud, a newly established online tool that can now be utilised as a public awareness site for the consumer industry to check whether they might be scammed or not, echoes Schroeder’s sentiments. “Container fraud in South Africa has become vicious. Container Fraud Prevention therefore provides a linked service to all registered service providers and offers a verification service on this public domain (at containerfraud.co.za).”
He adds: “This will provide tools for the public to check, verify and make informed decisions about the container company they want to deal with. We provide the correct company details, verified logo, verified contact details, and a unique company page that matches and backlinks to the correct website of the container company they’re interested in. We’re more than happy to assist and support anyone who feels they may be scammed or aren’t sure if they’re dealing with the legitimate company. Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Expanding across Southern Africa as one of the top container companies, renowned for quality and the best market related pricing, CIT is constantly pushing the boundaries in container and intermodal equipment trading.
Schroeder concludes: “Offering new and pre-owned containers for sale or rental, the CIT team have amassed a number of years in the industry. We’re able to provide you with sound advice, so I welcome anyone to contact me if they have any questions.”
For more information, visit www.cit-intermodal.com and www.containerfraud.co.za.